December 2, 2015 |
Choreographer/dancer Lauren Putty White and husband composer/musician Brent White form the Putty Dance Project. Together with producer/director Phil Sumpter, they created iStand, Stories of an American Civil Struggle, at the Community Education Center over the Thanksgiving weekend. Reviewing sociologically based performances created in almost real time with current events can be dicey. The filter of time can save them from being corny, emotionally overloaded, or lacking in depth.
November 5, 2015 |
Janet Amighi of West Chester strapped on a sequined headband, wriggled into a diaphanous chiffon blouse, set up her props, and cued the music. Then she sat down, straddle-legged, on the floor, and began to move in unison with her dance partner: her miniature poodle, Bijana. The dance - call it a paw de deux - included a series of pirouettes, a sort of human-canine conga line, and some deft between-the-legs weaves (executed by dog, not owner). This is canine freestyle, a deeply quirky competitive sport that can most succinctly be described as dancing with dogs.
January 21, 2014
THE GUYS from Hip Hop Fundamentals don't look like the performers who used to show up at my school assemblies. They arrive in fly Kangol bucket-style hats and mock turtlenecks. On their feet, they rock Adidas Gazelle sneakers or Clyde Frazier basketball shoes, by Puma. And if I say they dance their butts off, I'm not exagerating. Trust me. These dudes can pop lock, head spin and floor rock with the best bboys around. Watching them perform on YouTube videos, I couldn't help but wonder why they aren't big stars doing their thing on VH1 or Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" instead of leading school assemblies.
February 25, 2013
In the 1960s, the Crystals were the first to have a hit with "Da Doo Ron Ron. " In the 1970s, Shaun Cassidy set teenage hearts afire with his version of the classic. Last week we had Philadelphia City Council's parody for Council's Got Talent, a $100-a-ticket show Thursday that raised about $30,000 for Philabundance, the antihunger organization. Councilman Mark Squilla led the five other freshman members of the body - Cindy Bass, Bobby Henon, Kenyatta Johnson, Dennis O'Brien, and David Oh - in their citified rendition of the song.
November 11, 2012 |
"Just be goofy. No one can see you. " With those words of advice from La Salle sophomore Keala Evans - my appointed mascot handler - I got inside the La Salle Explorer's grinning and comically oversize head last weekend to see what it's like to be a Big 5 mascot. The Explorer, nemesis of the Saint Joseph's Hawk, the Villanova Wildcat, the Temple Owl and the Penn Quaker, is a wide-eyed swashbuckler who pumps up the crowd at my alma mater during basketball season at the Tom Gola Arena in Olney.
August 12, 2012 |
CARACAS, VENEZUELA - Children pedaled around on tricycles at a playground in Caracas, while joggers ran past on a winding pathway, then slowed down and paused to gape at the unfolding scene on a recent morning. Next to the concrete playground, a young woman in tight shorts and an athletic top gripped and climbed a vertical pole, holding her muscular legs out from her body and doing the splits while holding herself in place. Pole-dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, it's become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over.
May 24, 2012 |
Philadelphia's dance-centric Q102-FM has realized that one ball (the Jingle Ball, presented during the Christmas season) isn't enough. So all hail the rhythmic rite of spring it calls the Springle Ball. This year's sold out the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday to a crowd mostly of teenage girls, whose knees were visibly scuffed after standing on — and falling through — the arena's folding chairs. Veterans of various Q Balls — the sturdily melodic Train, or Flo Rida, hip-hop's catchiest sampler — headlined Springle with their individual brands of swagger.
October 13, 2011 |
The premise seemed ludicrous: A small Midwestern town outlaws dancing. Enter a big-city boy with a punky hairdo, big dreams, and serious dance moves . . . . Herbert Ross' 1984 dance picture, Footloose , turned out to be quite good, garnering positive reviews and banking 10 times its $8 million budget. Now, it's back in a remake by talented Hustle & Flow helmer Craig Brewer. "A remake? How can you remake Footloose ?" Brewer thought when asked to direct the picture.
July 9, 2011 |
When Derrick Gray Jr., a longtime resident of the Atlanta region, came to Pennsauken High School as a sophomore in 2004, people noticed right away. He stood more than six feet tall and weighed about 250 pounds, making him a formidable defensive end on the varsity football team. He spoke with such a "country" accent that some had trouble understanding him, friends said. And he put ranch dressing on everything. "Pizza, spaghetti, chicken, you name it, he put ranch on it," said his first cousin, Shemika Weaver, 32, of Atlanta.